Americas War on Drugs: Series 1
The origins of the drug war in the United States, which spans five decades, and its unexpected effects on American culture, institutions and politics.
Part 1: Acid, Spies, & Secret Experiments
An exploration of the recreational-drug business and its impact on the U.S. begins with a look at covert Cold War operations that empowered a generation of drug traffickers and reveals details of secret CIA LSD experiments, and President Nixon’s crackdown and declaration of a war on drugs.
Part 2: Cocaine, Cartels & Crack Downs
Cocaine lands in America from secret airports, lining the pockets of violent cartel bosses, and an infamous “black widow”, as the CIA’s shadow wars have unintended consequences. President Reagan cracks down as crack invades the USA
Part 3: Gangs, Prisons & Meth Queens
America’s War on Drugs rages on. The Clinton Administration’s support of NAFTA inadvertently opens the door to Mexican cartels, and its response to a wave of violence leads to mass incarceration.
Part 4: Heroin, Terrorists & Kings of Pain
After 9/11, heroin kingpins and terrorists forge an alliance as Afghanistan becomes a narco-state. Meanwhile, El Chapo takes it on the lam; Big Pharma becomes the new big drug lord as Americans get addicted to prescription drugs.